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Multi State objects are not exporting to Interactive PDF via InDesign!!!

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Dec 06, 2017

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I'm making an interactive map via Adobe InDesign but am having a specific issue with multi state objects not appearing when I export to PDF. Here's how the document is supposed to work:

A: Initial View

B. View with country selected

HERE'S MY PROCESS:

First I made each country into a button with a corresponding multi state text box + close button.

Country Button + Actions:

Corresponding Text box/Multi State object:

Close Multi State Button:

EXPORTING:

BUT WHEN I OPEN IN PDF, THIS HAPPENS.

The interactive elements work flawlessly in preview mode, but once I open the PDF in Acrobat, the text boxes do not appear when a country is selected.

PLEASE HELP!!!

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Multi State objects are not exporting to Interactive PDF via InDesign!!!

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Dec 06, 2017

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I'm making an interactive map via Adobe InDesign but am having a specific issue with multi state objects not appearing when I export to PDF. Here's how the document is supposed to work:

A: Initial View

B. View with country selected

HERE'S MY PROCESS:

First I made each country into a button with a corresponding multi state text box + close button.

Country Button + Actions:

Corresponding Text box/Multi State object:

Close Multi State Button:

EXPORTING:

BUT WHEN I OPEN IN PDF, THIS HAPPENS.

The interactive elements work flawlessly in preview mode, but once I open the PDF in Acrobat, the text boxes do not appear when a country is selected.

PLEASE HELP!!!

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Hi,

Is export to Publish Online an option in your workflow? Use Publish Online to publish your InDesign documents

-Aman

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After looking into it, Publishing Online is definitely an option! However, I have a few questions/concerns:

1) Do Hyperlinks work when you publish online? They were inactive after testing this option. Note:  I typed mailto:"insert email address" into the InDesign hyperlink panel for each email address and the links worked in preview mode, but not when publishing online.

2) Can I use a custom URL for the link instead of the https://indd.adobe.com/view/ default option?

Thanks again to all for the quick responses!

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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For number two the answer is no. This is why IN5 would be a better fit if you want that capabilit. Don’t know why the links would not work.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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multi state objects don't work on interactive .pdf format, you need to publish online

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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The disadvantage of Publish Online is the user has to be online and it's difficult to charge for content. An alternative worth a look at is in5: Export HTML5 from InDesign with in5 - Home

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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thats what i use ( been using IN5 for over a year for magazines and e-modules), works well. issues with animations here and there from personal experience when going from desktop to ipad. but that is the same deal. everything works great online. you can have the option of downloading a .pdf but interactive .pdf does not support MSO. so you have to make a different version of the layout for interactive .pdf. or not do the MSO all together.

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Thanks for the tip! Question- what would I use other than MSOs? This is my first time working with interactive PDF's and have been using YouTube and Lynda.com as references. I was under the impression that MSOs were the best way to have the text boxes appear when clicking on their respective country's button.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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well.... you can hide and show in an interactive .pdf. that will give you the visual effect you are looking for. HOWEVER.... it will not work on the ipad.

So don't do any show and hide/MSO if you want to send out a .pdf that might get viewed in ipad.  you can do a long page within your layout and display all of the stuff you need to show all at one time, make a nice infographic of it...

if you are interested in that option i can show you how to make on page within your layout longer/wider than others....

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Well you can put that link to an online source behind a paid wall right? Basically you only show that link when user paid. That would solve that issue. Then also make it only visible for logged in users and none shareable. Its not rocket science

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Apr 12, 2020

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Incorrect. Anyone with the link can see the content. That, too, is not rocket science!

BTW, debating a point that was made more than two years ago makes you look pretty foolish, too.

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To bad Indesign doesnt show / warn the user this doesn't work in PDF. But you can do this in a PDF using hover and click states. I Build a map for Marriott Beach Hotel on Curacao. Its kinda heavy in the export because i didn't compress the illustrator file i made. That one is almost killing acrobat hahaha. At least, the render progress, is that how its called, is glitching like crazy. Acrobat always has major issues with file many objects. ALso it redraws the howl thing a couple times? I guess that's because I've put multiple of the elements on different layers so i could work more easily with them. Some of the buttons have 2 versions on top of each other so i could pull off this trick.

 

I did this project as a test and also gave them the option to do this, but they didn't want to use ir. But it did allow me to learn this method

 

Preview interactive map made with hover and click statesPreview interactive map made with hover and click states

 

Here's also a JPG export

Previw of button triggersPreviw of button triggers

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I can't see interactive PDF is suitable for this sort of general consumer use, because it doesn't work in most browsers, or at all on mobile devices. A resort isn't likely to warm to something which involves them in supporting users to install software, explaining why their stuff doesn't work etc. etc.

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